Jayalalithaa slams Centre for not taking concerted action on fishermen's release
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today slammed the Centre for not taking a concerted effort to secure release of fishermen from the state arrested by Sri Lankan Navy over a period of time and sought the Prime Minister's intervention to get them freed.
Recalling her previous letters to Singh on incidents of "brutal" attacks and detention of fishermen from the state by the Lankan Navy, she said there has been no concerted effort by the Centre to secure their release.
"I am sorry to note that despite my repeatedly writing to you with regard to these incidents of unprovoked assault on Tamil Nadu fishermen and their detention in Sri Lankan jails, there appears to be no concerted effort by Government of India to secure the release of these fishermen", the Chief Minister said in a letter to Singh.
She requested him to direct the External Affairs Ministry to take steps and secure the release of 34 fishermen from Ramanathapuram district, arrested recently by the Lankan Navy.
"You will appreciate that these fishermen belong to one of the poorest sections of society, for whom prolonged periods of custody in an alien land means loss of daily livelihood. It has a crushing impact on their families who are in agony over their prolonged absence and detention", she said.
Jayalalithaa said the entire fishermen's community in Tamil Nadu is agitated over this issue.
One such letter was of eight fishermen from Rameswaram, along with two mechanized fishing boats being apprehended by the Lankan Navy on June 15 and remanded to judicial custody and lodged in Anuradhapura jail till June 27, she said.
"Their remand was further extended up to July 25 and they were shifted to Vavunia prison. Now we have been informed that their remand has further been extended up to Aug 2", she said.